Questions on Notebooks (*.nb, *.ma in earlier versions), structured interactive documents produced by Mathematica that can contain text, graphics, sound, calculations, typeset expressions, and user interface elements.

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After modifying expression, new result doesn't replace old one

After I modify and re-evaluate an expression, the new result doesn't replace the old one. Rather, what happens is that the old result gets pushed down and Mathematica displays the current result at ...
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Unable to save changes in Option Inspector from one session to another for the Documentation Center

I wanted to change the global option "WindowsSize" to the "large" value using the Option Inspector. It works well for the current session. But then I realize the "Apply" button was greyed and not ...
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Hide both input cell and output cell

You can double-click the right gutter of a input cell to hide a corresponding output cell or double-click the gutter of the output cell to hide the input cell. I would like to hide both the input and ...
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Is it possible to insert an animated image into Mathematica notebook?

I find it very convenient to use Mathematica notebooks to organise the codes + results. I was wondering if it is possible to insert an animated image (say an animated gif) in the middle of a ...
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Alternative to NotebookLocate or NotebookFind

In Mathematica 8.0 and older, there are two ways to select cells based on cell tags. NotebookLocate["CellTag"]; NotebookGet[EvaluationNotebook[]] and ...
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What are the advantages of using .nb rather than .m files?

I can edit a notebook within the mathematica front end and then Save As a .m file, which produces output like this: ...
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Cases Message Valid Notebook Structure

Note: Spelunking will likely be needed. Execute the following. You should get back and error along the lines of First::first:... This error is unimportant except ...
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Disable and Enable Hyperlinks Graphics

I have a Graphics element which I edit with Drawing Tools. I have determined a technique using NotebookWrite to add ...
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How to evaluate an input cell automatically after evaluating the previous one

Is there any way to automatically evaluate an input cell after evaluating the previous one without the need to press ENTER?
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ToBoxes Respect Spaces Code

Is there a way to force either ToBoxes or MakeBoxes to respect the spacing that occurs in the code? For example is there a way ...
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WholeCellGroupOpener and Hyperlinks

My problem is: I would like to activate WholeCellGroupOpener on a cell containing hyperlinks. But when I do that, the hyperlinks are no longer active. Is there a way to change the order of the two, so ...
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How to keep the ctrl+shift+k help menu remain in display while typing?

In Mathematica 9, one can type ctrl+shift+k to display menu which has all the possible signatures/definitions for the function or command in question. One can ...
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NotebookWrite undo

Is there way to make NotebookWrites undooable? For example let's say I open a new notebook and then run. ...
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When are EvaluationNotebook[] and ButtonNotebook[] different?

I am looking for a concrete code example where EvaluationNotebook[] and ButtonNotebook[] will return different results. The ...
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Initialization Cells in CDF

I am wanting to run about 15 pages of initialization cells in a CDF, but can't seem to do so. I have set the InitializationCellEvaluation to True and InitializationCellWarning to False, but it doesn't ...
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How to find pieces of code responsible for syntax errors?

Especially: How to find the piece of code responsible for a missing parenthesis problem caused by a misplaced SuperScriptBox For last 30 minutes (and I was lucky ...
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NotebookWrite Multiple Selected Objects

Lets say I select shapes in a Graphics diagram in the following picture. Generated from the following set of code: ...
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Using the Mathematica front-end efficiently for editing notebooks

Background: I have used Vim for 15+ years. There is a certain "one"-ness with the editor one achieves. Emacs users also experience this. Notepad users do not. My current interaction with the ...
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Why selecting text in my notebook become abnormal?

Selecting text in one of my Notebooks becomes abnormal. Here is the unselected text: and here is the partly selected text: When the text being selected, it should be like this: What is wrong ...
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Prevent Cell Deletion

How might I be able to prevent a Cell form being deleted when you press the Delete key? Maybe there is a way to display some type of ...
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How do I force all Graphics Text to be StandardForm?

I've been playing around for while trying to determine how to get all graphic objects to use StandardForm fonts. That is, I want all axes labelling, titling, legends, inserted text, etc., for 2D/3D ...
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How to change default notebook background color?

How does one change the default notebook background color?
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How to calculate the whole run time in a specific notebook?

I have found a way to show the run time in a specific cell in a notebook (.nb). Now, I want to have the whole run time including all cells in a specific notebook. How is it possible to calculate it ...
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How to syntax highlight a code cell in another language? [duplicate]

I'm learning c/c++/objective-c and I wanted to write my notes in a mathematica notebook. But without the proper syntax color highlighting it looks terrible....
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Make all new cells have a specific style as a function of the Mathematica installation

I would like all new input and output cells, in fact all new cells including section headers and such, to have a specific stylistic property (...
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How to pop out of a subsection in a notebook

Let's say I have a section in a notebook, which I begin with a cmd-4 keystroke. I type in some text and expressions, and now I want to introduce a subsection for ...
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How can I change the highlighting color of an InlineMathCell?

When using the InlineMathCell one types Ctrl+9 within the text cell, and gets a slot for starting typing the InlineMathCell part. When typing the content of the InlineMathCell is slightly highlighted ...
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Remote access to notebook is very slow

I am using Mathematica at work remotely from a computer in my building and I can edit notebooks by opening them from terminal via ssh without problem (a little slow if there is a figure with many ...
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How does the built-in debugger decide what to highlight?

How does the built-in debugger decide which definition to highlight in the notebook when Break on messages" is enabled? Here's an example to illustrate what I mean. First, enable the debugger ...
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Is it possible to create a styled cell with pre-defined content?

When you create a new styled notebook from the Stylesheets chooser dialag, you get a new notebook using the chosen style with some sample content provided. But if you apply styles from the same ...
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Evaluation of notebook from chosen cell to end

There is option to evaluate the complete notebook but I wanted to know if its possible to evaluate notebook from some desired cell to end or some other desired cell following?
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ClearAll[“Global`*”] stops working with Context set to 'unique to this Notebook'

I just changed my default notebook context to 'unique to this Notebook' so that variables don't roll across numerous open notebooks. Doing this, however, made the command ClearAll["Global*"] stop ...
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Taking class notes with a Mathematica Notebook

Dose anyone take notes in a technical class using a Mathematica notebook? If anyone does, how does it compare to paper and are there useful commands? I have a hard time remembering ctrl/alt/esc ...
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How to retroactively merge cell change history according to a merge interval

I recently noted that there is an option in the options inspector to set a merge interval for cell changes. This (I think) prevents a quick series of changes from spamming your notebook history with a ...
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How to replace a string within a selected region in a notebook?

I want to replace a string in a selected region/cell in mathematica notebook/package. I searched but didn' t get any result. I think it' s a quite common feature for editors/programming environments. ...
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Fastest way to select the longest cell

I'm trying to learn low-level notebook programming and I have a question. Is there faster way to select the longest cell in a notebook than this: ...
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Cell brackets on left side?

Is it possible to have the cell brackets on the left? I looked through the options and couldn't find anything, but maybe it's some kind of esoteric style setting or something. The reason I'm looking ...
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Pasting $\LaTeX$ into a Mathematica notebook

I have read that $\LaTeX$ source can be directly pasted into a Mathematica notebook. However, I have been unsuccessful in this regard. An example of the errors received are: ...
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How can I change the style of every newly opened notebook?

I'd like to make Mathematica open a new notebook using the Natural Color template (under the Creative category) by default. Is that possible? If so, how?
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Use Initialization Cells to open a CellGroup

I would like to use "Evaluate Initialization Cells" to open a CellGroup in a notebook. However, the following code doesn't work if placed in an initialization cell: ...
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How to make a notebook not savable?

How to make a particular notebook not savable? Optionally, how to do this by evaluating a command in the notebook?
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Use different kernels for different Notebooks

I know that the command LaunchKernels[] starts up four kernels on my machine: ...
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Use NotebookWrite with Graphics?

I am trying to use NotebookWrite to paste a plot into another notebook. The code looks something like: ...
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ClearAll just for current notebook

So in my search to fine tune Mathematica to what works for me, I found a nice setting that helps separate variable declaration between notebooks. Under Global Preferences, searching for CellContext ...
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How to change Compiled->False to Method->{Compiled->False} in multiple notebooks?

I have a collection of about 40 notebooks where the options for ParametricPlot and ParametricPlot3D have: Compiled->False and I need to switch any/all ...
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How to set the background of a section to light gray?

How to set the background of a section to light gray and leave background of content below and above the section as default?
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Is it possible to create Evaluatable cell which will be automatically overwritten?

Am trying to generate an Evaluatable cell which itself is an output cell which will be overwritten when the original Input cell ...
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Storing data in the Notebook in readable form

The common problem in my theretical work is a need to import some experimental data to work with. This means that my notebook depends on some external files which makes it difficult to share it with ...
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How do you configure Mathematica 9 to automatically evaluate all notebooks?

I have a Mathematica 6 course that I am using in Mathematica 9; there is no updated version. Every time I open a notebook I have to go to the Evaluation menu and click on "Evaluate Notebook". Is there ...